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Apologies. You do have a tendency to rile me up, Seishen. But I cannot blame you for that, only myself. So again, I'm sorry
That's ok. It's also worth taking heed that pot has been linked to paranoia
Personal experience mostly. Well, it's common knowledge that cannabis contains the psychoactive compound THC which causes the change in perception. I do believe that in smoking you are giving yourself to the herb, and I think the experiences and change in consciousness come from such. If you submit fully, you will be fully overcome and intoxicated by the substance. But if you resist and insist that you are separate from the substance, then perhaps only the bodily functions (eg appetite stimulus, pain reduction) are the only ones experienced.
THC has different effects on different people like most substances. However I'm incredibly skeptical that you are able to control the drug with your mind. It's a bit like saying you can control morphine or alcohol. It doesn't add up
I think as observers we stimulate our own brain just like smoking provides stimuli. I decide I'm more powerful stimuli than the herb I smoke I suppose.
If your mind is more powerful, then you should be able to produce the same medicinal benefits with your own mind. Wouldn't you?
The idea also stems from anatman. Whatever I do to my body, it is not the observer who is being affected but perhaps levels of consciousness, feeling, and ego. So if I accept I am not part of these things, how can they affect me?.
For a high level yogi, lama, master etc maybe but for a beginner or even someone going 10years plus this would be near impossible. This is also a slightly warped idea of anatman, but that's for another thread
How do we control ourselves? Where are we separated from the body we control? How does smoking cannabis alter any of this?
A strong meditation practice
Oh, how you stir up more questions in my mind....
We must constantly question ourselves and it's even more benefition when other people question our minds. This is why a sangha (and teacher) is important IMHO.